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iOS 7.1.2 Jailbreak: Update Now Before iOS 8 Releases

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:19

iOS 7.1.2 Jailbreak: Update Now Before iOS 8 Releases is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.

iOS 8 officially releases tomorrow (September 17), and if you haven’t jailbroken your iPhone yet on the latest version of iOS that supports it, now is the only time to do so.

iOS 7.1.2 is the latest version of iOS that’s currently available, and it’s also jailbreakable, which means that if you’re jailbroken, but aren’t updated to iOS 7.1.2, or you’re not jailbroken at all but are wanting to, today will probably be the last day to jailbreak your iOS device running iOS 7.1.2.

Of course, if you’re already running iOS 7.1.2, you can wait as long as you want to jailbreak, even if iOS 8 releases. However, if you’re running iOS 7.0.6 or any other older version of iOS 7, it’s best if you update to the latest version today before iOS 8 releases, that way you’ll be “in before the lock” so to speak.

You may be asking, what the advantages are of updating to the latest versions of iOS if you’re jailbroken, especially if updating is more hassle if you’re jailbroken, as you have to re-jailbreak when you update.

Long story short, iOS 7.1.2 comes with a lot of bug fixes and performance improvements over older version of iOS 7. Your device will be much faster and battery life will see a generous increase. Plus, iOS 7.1 comes with a handful of security fixes that make your iPhone and iPad a lot more secure against hackers and thieves.

Once Apple releases iOS 8, it will no longer sign iOS 7.1.2, which means that if you’re on an older version of iOS 7, you won’t be able to update to iOS 7.1.2 once iOS 8 is released. If you’re currently on an older version of iOS 7, you’ll have to update to iOS 8 once it’s released.

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This is why it’s extremely important to update to iOS 7.1.2 today if you plan on jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad, that way you’ll have the latest version of iOS 7 installed.

As for when we’ll see an iOS 8 jailbreak, that’s a whole other story. Ever since the initial announcement of iOS 8, jailbreakers have been curious as to when an iOS 8 jailbreak would hit the public. Of course, we could rely on past history as far as when to expect it, but even that’s a little shaky.

While the iOS 8 betas have allegedly been jailbroken already, we wouldn’t get our hopes up just yet on a public release this month.

With the announcement of the iPhone 6 today, Apple also announced that iOS 8 would officially release to the public on September 17, which is just two days before the iPhone 6?s September 19 release. However, what does this mean for an iOS 8 jailbreak?

Ever since the initial announcement of iOS 8, jailbreakers have been curious as to when an iOS 8 jailbreak would hit the public. Of course, we could rely on past history as far as when to expect it, but even that’s a little shaky.

While the iOS 8 betas have allegedly been jailbroken already, we wouldn’t get our hopes up just yet on a public release this month.

In fact, we likely won’t see an iOS 8 jailbreak until closer to the end of the year at the earliest, and that’s because jailbreak developers don’t want Apple to patch up the exploits used for the jailbreak too early. What this means is that if devs were to release the jailbreak to iOS 8 right now, Apple would quickly patch it up before the final version of iOS 8 even releases to the public, and that would be bad news for obvious reasons.

We should ultimately expect the same time frame as the iOS 7 jailbreak, which was released a few months after iOS 7 was publicly launched in September 2013. Because of this, you’ll be waiting a while for an official iOS 8 jailbreak to release.

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iOS 7.1.2 Jailbreak: Update Now Before iOS 8 Releases is a post by Craig Lloyd from Gotta Be Mobile.


How to Find the Moto 360 In Stock

GottaBeMobile - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:57

How to Find the Moto 360 In Stock is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Moto 360 is hard to find in stock, and when you can find a Moto 360 in stock online or at a local store it sell out fast. We’ll show you how to get a text alert when the Moto 360 is back in stock so you can swoop in and buy one of the new smartwatches before it sells out again.

As the Moto X (2014) release draws closer users are looking for a chance to own the Moto 360. You don’t need a Moto X to use this Android Wear smart watch, just an Android phone running Android 4.3 or later, which is a good deal of devices.

Since the Moto 360 release date it’s been tough to find the Moto 360 in stock, but records show Best Buy has the smart watch in stock at least once every day. This tool will show you if the Moto 360 is in stock at Best Buy and on Motorola.

Update: The Moto 360 is in Stock at Motorola Right Now.

The catch is this only last for 5-7 minutes and there is no rhyme or reason as to when they put more stock up for sale on Best Buy.

Find a Moto 360 in stock, including availability right now.

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We’ll show you how to get an alert when the Moto 360 is in stock at Best Buy, so you can jump on the offering and be one of the few buyers that actually gets the new smartwatch.

The first thing you’ll need to do is visit the Moto 360 page for Now In Stock. This shows a history of the Moto 360 in stock at Best Buy for the black and gray Moto 360. You can see that the Moto 360 is in stock roughly once a day for a few minutes in at least one color option.

Instead of looking for the Moto 360 at 5:48AM, every morning you can set up a free in stock alert that sends you an email, text or browser notification when the Moto 360 is in stock at Best Buy.

Get Moto 360 in stock alerts for free.

This allows you to act quickly and buy one before it sells out again. It looks like this is tied to online orders, rather than local in store stock, but you can choose in store pickup after a few days if you don’t want to ship this to you.

You need to register for a free account at Now In Stock to get the text and email alerts as well as Browser alerts. These are free, other than carrier text message charges and are the best way to get your hands on the Moto 360 faster.

If you act fast, this will allow you to find the Moto 360 in stock and buy one while they are still tough to find.

The Moto 360 features an aluminum design with a leather band, and there is a stainless steel option coming as well as the ability to swap out bands. The circular display looks good indoors and out and delivers access to all the notifications you see on your phone as well as Google Now.

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How to Find the Moto 360 In Stock is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 23:21

iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Those tasked with trying to decide between keeping the iPhone 5 or buying an iPhone 6 to replace it are in for a pretty tough decision. While we can’t make that decision for you, we can provide you with details that could help to make you come to a quicker, better decision. This here iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5 comparison addresses the most important differences that buyers need to know.

Two years ago, the iPhone 5 was one of the best smartphones money could buy. The revamped iPhone 5 delivered a brand new industrial design, a larger 4-inch display, a brand new camera, new processor, more carriers, iOS 6, the new Lightning dock standard, and 4G LTE data speeds in an effort to better compete against top Android smartphones.

It’s hard to recommend the iPhone 5 now, especially with the iPhone 5s down to $99 or less on-contract, though we imagine most people aren’t weighing the iPhone 5 against this year’s iPhone. No, a vast majority of people comparing the two are most likely current iPhone 5 owners looking to make the switch after two years with Apple’s aging former flagship. As we’ve pointed out, it’s not going to be an easy decision.

Thanks to its hardware and its updated software that’s soon to include Apple’s iOS 8 update, the iPhone 5 is still a solid smartphone. In other words, many users don’t need to rush into an upgrade. We can’t blame you if you’re at least taking a peek at the iPhone 6 though.

Last week, Apple debuted its new iPhone 6. The new iPhone 6 comes in two different sizes with two different names. The smaller of the two is called iPhone 6 while the other is called iPhone 6 Plus. Both come with some significant upgrades including high-powered hardware, updated iOS 8 software and a brand new look. They’re tempting, to say the least.

We can’t tell you what to do but we can push you in the right direction and here, we want to do exactly that. Here, we take a look at the five most important things buyers need to know about the iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5.

iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5 Size

The iPhone 5 design was a huge step up from the glass and plastic found on the iPhone 4s. Instead of those materials, Apple infused metal with glass to create an industrial design that put competitors to shame. With the iPhone 6, Apple ditched the glass and has shifted to a pure metal design that looks a whole lot different than the iPhone 5′s.

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iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus.

This year’s iPhone sports a new design in addition to a larger design that accommodates the increase in screen size. Apple’s iPhone 6 is large but the iPhone 6 Plus is actually much larger. Here’s how it compares.

  • iPhone 6 Plus - 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm – 172 grams
  • iPhone 6 – 138.2 x 67.1 x 6.9mm – 129 grams
  • iPhone 5 – 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm – 112 grams

Both devices are larger than the iPhone 5 though they are both thinner than Apple’s iPhone from two years ago. The iPhone 5 is, however, lighter than both of Apple’s new models.

iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5 Display

When you start to compare the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5 screen size and specs there are some very distinct differences that upgraders need to be aware of. The iPhone 5 display is much smaller than the displays found on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It also does not come with the same high resolution Retina HD display that Apple’s tacked onto the new iPhones.

Here’s how it breaks down:

  • iPhone 6 – 4.7-inch 1,334 x 750 – 326 pixels per inch
  • iPhone 6 Plus – 5.5-inch 1,920 x 1080  – 401 pixels per inch
  • iPhone 5 – 4-inch 1,136 x 640 – 326 pixels per inch

Essentially you’re looking at a bigger displays that deliver better looking images and video thanks to advancements in screen technology and a higher resolution. Keep the trade off in mind though. The larger displays mean that the overall size of these phones is going to be bigger, something that makes them a little harder to use with one hand.

To better accommodate those making the switch, Apple added a one-handed mode called Reachability that allows you to slide the top of the display down to reach the upper edge.

iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5 Specs

Not every iPhone 5 owner wants to compare specs of an older phone to the specs of a newer phone, but if you do, the iPhone 6 is a clear winner. Apple adds faster WiFi, a new 64 bit processor that unlocks better performance and gaming and more. All of these features should make an upgrade look pretty tempting in the days ahead.

iPhone 6 Specs
  • Apple A8 64-bit Processor
  • iOS 8
  • 4.7-inch display / 5.5-inch display
  • 16GB / 64GB / 128GB storage options
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 8MP rear-facing camera (iPhone 6 Plus comes with Optical Image Stabilization)
  • 2,915 mAh (iPhone 6 Plus) / 1,800 mAh battery (iPhone 6)
  • 4G LTE
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor
  • NFC
iPhone 5 Specs
  • Apple A6 Processor
  • iOS 7.1 (will get iOS 8)
  • 4-inch display
  • 16GB / 32GB/ 64GB storage options
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 8MP rear-facing camera
  • 1,440 mAh battery
  • 802.11 a,b,g,n,n WiFi
  • 4G LTE

The iPhone 5′s specs are trumped by the specs found on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 5 still sports some solid specifications but the A8 processor and the larger battery sizes should help the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to deliver better all-around performance.

iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5 Features

Apple’s new iPhone always comes with a ton of new features and Apple’s new iPhones both offer some likeable new features that might make the upgrade worth it to many iPhone 5 users.

When you upgrade to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you’ll get a much better camera, faster internet and now the option to make payments using Apple Pay by tapping the iPhone to a credit card reader.

  • Camera – The new iPhone 6 includes an 8MP camera with a better sensor that will take better photos than the iPhone 5. The iPhone 6 Plus features Optical Image Stabilization that minimizes shakiness for better quality photos and video.
  • Apple Pay – NFC in the iPhone 6 will allow you to pay for things with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. This does not come with the iPhone 6.
  • Storage – The Phone 6 is available with up to 128GB of storage and 64GB is now $100 cheaper.
  • Touch ID - The fingerprint sensor inside the home button provides added security and convenience.
  • ColorsThe iPhone 6 comes in gold, white and gray.

One thing that we should also point out is that the iPhone 5 will be compatible with the Apple Watch that’s coming to shelves in early 2015. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be compatible as well.

iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5 Software & Updates

iOS 8 represents the iPhone 5′s second major iOS update. Apple typically outfits iPhones for three years before casting them off to the side. This means that the iPhone 5 should get next year’s iOS 9 update before Apple kills support. This is something that’s going to make the upgrade to the iPhone 6 especially tough for iPhone 5 users.

On the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, support is just starting.What this means is that you can expect three or more years of support for new software updates. It also means that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will likely get better versions of upcoming iOS updates. Apple will often strip out features in an effort to improve performance on older devices.

In other words, the upcoming iOS 9 updates for this trio of devices may not be created equal.

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iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


Does the iPhone 6 Plus Fit in a Pocket?

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:59

Does the iPhone 6 Plus Fit in a Pocket? is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple announced two new iPhones this month with large screens that left potential buyers wondering if the iPhone 6 fits in a pocket. And users looking for the biggest screen Apple offers on an iPhone want to know if the iPhone 6 plus fit in a pocket.

Thankfully we have an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus mockup that matches the new iPhone measurements, and we have pockets so we can test this for you.

The height and width of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus we use for this test match exactly, the dummy units are just a bit thicker.

Does the iPhone 6 Plus fit in a pocket?

We’ll share our results and then let you know what you can use to test the size of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in your own pockets.

Read: Which iPhone 6 Should I Buy?

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For this experiment we are testing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the front pocket of a mens jeans and in the front and back pocket of a pair of women’s jeans. If you wear skinny jeans or need to test in a uniform or special outfit we share some samples that will help you check the fit.

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Pocket Test

In the short video below you can see how the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus fit in a pocket. if you are a guy, you probably won’t have any trouble even with the larger iPhone 6 Plus, but in our test the two new iPhones are rather big for pockets on a pair of women’s jeans.

The iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch display and the iPhone 6 Plus a 5.5-inch display. The larger display means a larger phone, which is in turn harder to fit in small pockets.

Ladies will see the brunt of this issue with dress pants and jeans designed with pockets large enough to carry a half-dollar, but not much else. In our test the iPhone 5s already sticks out of the pocket slightly, the iPhone 6 is poking out even more and the iPhone 6 Plus may not even fit in the pocket of some jeans.

If you wear jeans with shallow pockets the iPhone 6 is probably OK, but the iPhone 6 Plus is not pocket friendly for several pairs of women’s jeans and work pants we tested.

The best way to try this yourself is to use a phone that is almost the same size as the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6, or to print out paper version that you can put in your pocket.

Here’s how to see if the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 is pocket friendly.

If you can comfortably fit the Galaxy Note 3 in your pocket, the iPhone 6 Plus will work. These phones are not the same size, but they are close enough for a test if you know someone with the Galaxy Note 3.

For users looking to try the iPhone 6 in a pocket, grab a Galaxy S4 and see if you can carry it in your pockets. This is not exactly the same size, but again it is close enough to test your pockets.

Another option is to download and print an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus size test PDF from GadgetHacks. Print this at 100% size and then cut the mock ups out and place them in your pocket. Obviously this won’t give you the same thickness as the iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6, but width and height are the big concerns.

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Does the iPhone 6 Plus Fit in a Pocket? is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


Moto 360 Release Kicks Off Again Tomorrow

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:23

Moto 360 Release Kicks Off Again Tomorrow is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

After months of waiting and tons of hype the brand new Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch finally arrived last week for buyers, but sold out almost immediately. Late last week all of the details, release date, and pricing were officially announced.

While the initial release was extremely limited, selling out within hours from multiple outlets, today we received good news from Motorola. Earlier today Motorola announced pre-orders for the new Moto X smartphone, but also updated prospective buyers on the Moto 360 release woes.

Read: Apple Watch vs Moto 360: 6 Key Differences

In an official blog post Motorola detailed tons of their upcoming products release dates and availability, then at the bottom confirmed what many hopeful Moto 360 buyers have been waiting to hear. That more stock will be available soon. The smartwatch has been extremely popular, even though some reviews painted it out to have poor battery life (all smartwatches do) and below are all the details.

After confirming the new Moto X smartphone will be available for pre-order soon from AT&T, Motorola also updated users on the situation surrounding the Moto 360. It sold out on their own store within a few hours, equally as fast it was gone from the Google Play Store, and it has been in and out stock at Best Buy for the entire week.

Starting tomorrow though, September 16th, will have more of the Moto 360 available for buyers to get their hands on. Starting Tuesday they’ll finally have more stock, but we’re not sure how good this news really is because at the end of the blog post they said, “You’ll want to hurry as quantities will be limited.” Hinting at the fact that they’ll likely sell out extremely fast again.

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Read: Moto 360 Release Problems Continue

In less than an hour it was backordered and sold out from all three outlets mentioned above, and we’ve been hearing more stock would be available at Best Buy retail stores around the US on the 14th. However, after a quick glance at Best Buy here in Las Vegas, it still seems to be completely sold out both online, and in stores.

Pre-orders for the new Moto X start at 11 AM Central Time, but Motorola didn’t give a select time for the new smartwatch. Most likely they’ll both go up at the same time, but we can’t say for sure. What this does mean though is that buyers will want to stay tuned to, as the device will appear in stock, and likely be sold out rather quickly. Don’t expect it to last very long.

Last week we mentioned the Google Play Store received more, but they were gone in less than 5 minutes. I saw them in stock, and then they were gone. A few comments on Twitter and other social networks have confirmed the Google Play Store has a few at a time and quickly lists them, then it goes back out of stock, so it’s all a waiting game at this point.

Overall the Moto 360 release hasn’t been very smooth. It was delayed over two months longer than the first two Android Wear watches, appears to not have the best battery life compared to the others, and doesn’t have customization like many expected from the Motorola teaser videos leading up to the release.

For now the Moto 360 is somewhat available, and will continue to sell out til more stock becomes available. You can get it in black with a black strap, or silver with a grey leather strap for $249, and an all stainless steal variant is expected to arrive in November. Stay tuned for more details, and we’ll update once we learn more information from Best Buy, Motorola, or others.

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Moto 360 Release Kicks Off Again Tomorrow is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


Galaxy Note Edge Release Date Picking Up Steam

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:34

Galaxy Note Edge Release Date Picking Up Steam is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge release date keeps making progress behind the scenes as the device continues to pick up necessary certifications ahead of the Galaxy Note Edge release in the U.S. and around the world sometime later this year.

Earlier this month, Samsung took the stage at its Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 launch event and announced a slew of new devices including the Gear S smartwatch, Galaxy Note 4, and the all new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. The Galaxy Note Edge, in particular, is the company’s new high-end version of the Galaxy Note that comes with a screen unlike anything Samsung has ever put on a smartphone.

The new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is an intriguing smartphone. The device shares features with the Galaxy Note 4 but it also comes with one of the most interesting smartphone screens that we’ve ever seen. Instead of a flat display, the Galaxy Note Edge offers a bent display that drapes over the right side of its design. The feature, which provides new viewing angles, can be seen in action in the video below.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge also includes a Quad HD resolution, a 2.7 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM, Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Samsung TouchWiz, 16 Megapixel Rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization, massive battery, and a thin 8.3mm frame. It’s a device that’s worth looking at going forward as we push toward the fall the arrival of key devices like the Moto X and Apple’s brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Problem is, we don’t know when it will be released.

What we do know, however, is that the Galaxy Note Edge release date continues to make progress behind the scenes. Earlier this month, one Galaxy Note Edge variant passed through the FCC. Now, three more Galaxy Note Edge variants have been caught getting their certifications a sign that the release date is getting closer.

Three new Galaxy Note Edge Bluetooth certifications, first spotted by Blog of Mobile, do not confirm an imminent Galaxy Note Edge release but they do tell us that the international Galaxy Note Edge release is inching closer to reality. The three variants are the SM-915S, SM-N915K, and SM-N915L and it appears that they are heading to the Korean market.

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The SM-N915S will supposedly come to SK Telecom, the SM-N915K to KT, and the SM-915L to LG U+. Unfortunately these Bluetooth certifications, which are necessary before a device can officially hit shelves, do not out any specific Galaxy Note Edge release date details. The Galaxy Note Edge release remains as mysterious, if not more mysterious than the Galaxy Note 4 release date.

Samsung Japan might be teasing the Galaxy Note Edge release but it’s doing so with no firm release date in place. While the Galaxy Note 4 release date is confirmed for October, the Galaxy Note Edge release is simply confirmed for later this year. And while U.S. carriers have confirmed it for arrival, specific release details remain out of reach.

Early Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders have begun in Germany alongside Galaxy Note Edge pre-orders ahead of the Galaxy Note Edge release date. Amazon Germany is charging nearly €1000 for the Galaxy Note Edge. Same goes for Dutch retailer Notebooksbilliger. Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge is expected to be more expensive than the Galaxy Note 4 but it’s still not clear how of a gap we’ll see because Samsung has yet to confirm either price tag.

New Galaxy Note Edge release details from Yonhap News in Korea quote a Hyundai Securities analyst who says that while Samsung plans to ship 11 million units of the Galaxy Note 4, it might only ship 1 million units of the Galaxy Note Edge. The analyst believes that the low yield is due to the manufacturing difficulties that come with the Galaxy Note Edge’s display.

This could, perhaps, lead to supply issues if demand for Samsung’s new Galaxy Note Edge is widespread. With no release date in sight and an iPhone 6 up for order, some consumers are going to have a tough decision to make.

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Galaxy Note Edge Release Date Picking Up Steam is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6 vs iPhone 4: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know

GottaBeMobile - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:11

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 4: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus offer a new design, bigger screens and lots of new features to upgrades, but if you plan to upgrade from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 6 you’re in for one of the biggest upgrades of all.

Most iPhone 6 comparisons focus on newer devices, but this iPhone 6 vs iPhone 4 comparison will help iPhone 4 owners understand the key differences between their device and the iPhone 6 that Apple announced this month.

We’ll touch on the iPhone 6 Plus, which includes many of the same features in a larger screen, but for the most part we’ll focus on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 vs iPhone 4.

We’ll show you how the iPhone 6 and iPhone 4 compare.

Apple no longer sells the iPhone 4 and it just stopped major software updates for this device, which means it is on the way out. If you are able to upgrade, now is a great time to get at least $200 for an old iPhone 4, which will be worth considerably less in two months.

Apple stopped selling the iPhone 4 one year ago, so most users with an iPhone 4 are at the end of a contract and eligible to upgrade to the iPhone 6 at the $199 price on a new two-year contract. There are also new plans that let you pay $0 down and make monthly payments for the iPhone 6 that may be brand new to many iPhone 4 owners.

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The iPhone 4 uses a 3.5-inch Retina display that many users love. This is the perfect size for a vocal group of iPhone owners, but if you want to buy a new iPhone you’re going to need a bigger screen.

The iPhone 6 features a much larger screen.

Apple upgrades the iPhone 6 display to a 4.7-inch Retina HD display that is significantly larger than the iPhone 4. This larger screen includes a higher 1,334 x 750 resolution that is a nice jump from the 960 x 640 resolution on the iPhone 4.

  • iPhone 6 – 4.7-inch 1,334 x 750 – 326 pixels per inch
  • iPhone 4 – 3.5-inch 960 x 640 – 326 pixels per inch

Essentially you’re looking at a bigger display that delivers better looking images and video thanks to advancements in screen technology and a higher resolution.

You may find the iPhone 6 a little tough to use with one hand when you first pick it up, but the iPhone 6 is still within the realm of one-handed use. Apple also adds a one-handed mode called Reachability that allows you to slide the top of the display down to reach the upper edge.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 4 Size & Design

See how the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 4 sizes compare.

The iPhone 4 design was the first to feature a glass back that looked wonderful, but was also easy to break when dropped. Apple since switched to more metal on the iPhone 5 and now an all metal iPhone 6 design.

Apple delivers a much larger iPhone this year, here’s how it measures up to the iPhone 4.

  • iPhone 6 Plus - 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm – 172 grams
  • iPhone 6 – 138.2 x 67.1 x 6.9mm – 129 grams
  • iPhone 4 – 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm – 137 grams

The new iPhone 6 is larger, but it is also lighter than the iPhone 4. If you think the iPhone 6 is too big you can hold a Galaxy S4, which is about the same size to see what you think.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 4 Features

In the past several years Apple delivered a lot of new features and now with the iPhone 6 even more upgrades that will make the iPhone 6 an incredible upgrade from the iPhone 4.

See some of the iPhone 6 features not available on the iPhone 4.


The iPhone 4 features 4G, but no LTE, a 5MP rear facing camera and an older processor. When you upgrade to the iPhone 6 you’ll get a much better camera, faster internet and now the option to make payments using Apple Pay by tapping the iPhone to a credit card reader.

  • 4G LTE – This is a faster internet that will change how you use your iPhone. Streaming videos, music and even surfing the web are better on 4G LTE.
  • Camera – The new iPhone 6 includes an 8MP camera with a better sensor that will certainly take better looking photos than the iPhone 4.
  • Apple Pay – NFC in the iPhone 6 will allow you to pay for things with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. The technology is not part of the iPhone 4.
  • Apple Watch – The Apple Watch will not connect to the iPhone 4 at all. If you want to use this new wearable next year you’ll need a new iPhone.
  • Storage – The Phone 6 is available with up to 128GB of storage and 64GB is now $100 cheaper. Compared to the max of 32GB on the iPhone 4 this is a lot of extra space.

For more differences, check out the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 4 specs and what the iPhone 4 will miss without an upgrade to iOS 8.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 4 Specs

Not every iPhone owner wants to compare specs, but if you do, the iPhone 6 is a clear winner. Apple adds faster WiFi, a new 64 bit processor that unlocks better performance and gaming and the iPhone 6 battery life should be longer for most users.

iPhone 6 Specs
  • Apple A8 64-bit Processor
  • iOS 8
  • 4.7-inch display
  • 16GB / 64GB / 128GB storage options
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 8MP rear-facing camera
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • 4G LTE
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor
  • NFC

The iPhone 6 specs blow the iPhone 4 out of the water.

iPhone 4 Specs
  • Apple A4 Processor
  • iOS 7.1
  • 3.5-inch display
  • 8GB /16GB / 32GB storage options
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 5MP rear-facing camera
  • 3G / 4G
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi

The specs add up to what the device can do, and the aging iPhone 4 is not going to be capable of running apps and games at the same speeds and quality as the iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 vs iPhone 4 Support & Updates

The iPhone 4 is no longer getting iOS updates. iOS 8 adds new features like better group messaging, connectivity with your iPad for texts and calls, third party keyboards and many other exciting iOS 8 features.

There is no iOS 8 iPhone 4 update and there will not be any other major updates gong forward. Apple will still offer the occasional security fix if something huge happens, but software support for the iPhone 4 is over.

On the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, support is just starting. You can expect three or more years of support for new software updates and you’ll also find cases and accessories more frequently in the coming months and years now that Apple stopped selling the iPhone 4S as well.

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We start our iOS 8 vs iOS 7 walkthrough with the iPhone home screen, which is where you'll start your iOS 8 experience after an update this fall. 

These screens are incredibly important as you see them anytime you turn on the iPhone or need to choose an app to launch. There is no way around using them, so Apple needs to make sure they work just right. 

As you can see in the iOS 8 vs iOS 7 comparison above, there is no change between the home screen in the new iPhone software. Apple changed the status bar and some other small visual changes in iOS 7, but there are no updates for iOS 8.  

We could see Apple change the home screen slightly for iOS 8 for the iPhone 6. The new iPhone will feature a larger 4.7-inch display with a higher resolution. This is something Apple may use to add more icons to the screen. Or they could stick with the current layout, it's tough to tell.  

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iPhone 6 vs iPhone 4: 5 Things Buyers Need to Know is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.


7 Essential Accessories iPhone 6 to Order Now

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 23:16

7 Essential Accessories iPhone 6 to Order Now is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple stunned absolutely no one when it revealed the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 this past week. These were devices the technology buying pubic weren’t expecting. Rumors of the iPhone 6 device’s larger screen sizes and curved metal rears had been leaked and talked about for ages. With size dimensions leaked for all to see case makers, app developers and any company who just wanted to provide users with a unique iPhone 6 accessory were able to plan ahead and have something ready for everyone.

With the four largest wireless carriers in the United States now taking pre-orders for the new devices, many buyers are thinking an awful lot about how much storage they should look for or what color will look best. Many more or wondering about what screen size works best for them considering the iPhone 6 has a large screen and the iPhone 6 Plus has a screen that’s even larger than even its sibling.

All of the accessories listed here aren’t made specifically for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Some are, but many more of them are simply iPhone accessories that have become essential for any user.

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Whether you’re watching a movie on Netflix or preparing for a FaceTime call you’re expecting. There’s always been one thing that the iPhone hasn’t done very well on its own: stand up. With their tapered edges the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are worse than any iPhone in recent memory has been at this. Henge Docks, makes a very nice, very stylish dock to solve this exact problem. At $69.99 it’s not the cheapest iPhone 6 accessory every, but users are able to charge their device and connect it to a stereo by just dropping it in place. Users can also purchase different inserts for handling their iPad or iPod Touch too.

[ Buy the Gravitas Dock from Henge Docks for $69.99 ]

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7 Essential Accessories iPhone 6 to Order Now is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.


Apple Watch Versus Pebble Smartwatches: Who’s the Winner?

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 20:20

Apple Watch Versus Pebble Smartwatches: Who’s the Winner? is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

With Apple releasing their new Apple Watch many other smartwatch companies are likely taking notice of the powerhouse entering their market with what looks like an impressive entry. Pebble which came out with its Pebble Smartwatch and, not long ago, the newer Pebble Steal, is not doubt one of those companies paying close attention to what happens next.

The Pebble Smartwatch launched as a $10 Million Kickstarter campaign that blasted past its funding goal of $100,000 and finished up as the most funded campaign on Kickstarter up to that point when the crowdfunding campaign finished on May 18, 2012. Even today it still ranks as the second all-time highest funded Kickstarter campaign. The watch took longer than expected to ship initially. It also got an update earlier this year with the Pebble Steel. Pebble didn’t start the class, but the company did prove that a phone-connected smartwatch could sell well, thus kicking off the smart wearable fever that resulted in the release of products from Samsung, Motorola, LG and possibly HTC.

So, how do the Pebble watches (above) and the Apple Watch (see below) compare?

Apple Watch and Pebble on Design

The first Pebble Smartwatch (red watch above) didn’t look at all stylish, however Pebble’s newer model, the Pebble Steel (silver and black above), took a huge leap forward. It’s got a steel metal construction with a pair of included bands, one made of stainless steel with links and the other made of black leather. While the Pebble Steel looks nicer than the original Pebble Smartwatch, it doesn’t compare to the look and design that Apple showed off at their September 9th announcement.

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Apple plans to ship two sizes with multiple colors and designs that will appeal to a wider variety of buyers. The Pebble Smartwatch and the Pebble Steel will likely only appeal to geeks and mostly large-wristed men or women. People who care more about function than fashion may find the Pebble Smartwatch and the Pebble Steel appealing.

The Apple Watch still seems bulky and thick for people with petite wrists. However, the smaller watch design will fit better than either Pebble design.

Apple didn’t just offer two sizes, but three versions with multiple colors and materials. We get…

  • Stainless Steel
  • Silver Aluminum
  • 18-Karat Yellow Gold
  • Space Black Stainless Steel
  • Space Gray Aluminum
  • 18-Karat Rose Gold

In addition to the six material designs above, Apple plans to give buyers multiple watch bands.

The band styles will match the watch materials with options including…

  • Link Bracelet
  • Sport Band
  • Leather Loop
  • Classic Buckle
  • Modern Buckle
  • Milanese Loop

The bands fasten to the watch by sliding into place instead of using the traditional pin watchband fastening mechanism that the Pebble Smartwatch used.

The Apple Watch comes in three styles: the basic Apple Watch, the Watch Sport and Watch Edition. That means buyers will get to choose from 18 different models with six of each kind. By comparison, Pebble buyers can pick between the Steel and the original Smartwatch. Pebble also took the original design and added some bright colors and called it #FreshHotFly. Add those three new models to the original five and the two Steel styles for a total of 10 different designs.

Since the original, and this newer brightly colored Pebble, uses traditional watch band connections, buyers can mix and match with any traditional watch band they can find, leaving infinite possibilities. Apple Watch buyers will only get the ones Apple offers since it uses a proprietary connector. Third-parties may try to make bands to fit the Apple Watch, but who knows if Apple will encourage, allow or put up legal barriers to such development?

Controlling the watch uses two different methods on each watch. The Pebble includes buttons on both sides that let users go up/down in lists or scroll screens. The button on the other side backs out of menus to a higher level. On the Apple Watch we get a touchscreen and the digital crown, a scroll wheel and button on the side of the watch.

Apple Watch and Pebble on Battery Life

We don’t know how long the battery of the Apple Watch will last, but a Pebble gives users at least three days and possibly seven days. There’s no way the Apple Watch will last that long. Estimates today put it at one day with a need to charge each night.

Apple Watch and Pebble on Functionality

The basic philosophy of both watches matches one another. Pair each watch with a phone and get notifications on the wrist instead of just on the phone. This means wearers don’t need to pull out their phone while they’re running, sitting in a meeting, driving down the highway, or just working at their desk. It also means the watch notifies the wearer silently as their wrist buzzes, instead with a sound on their phone.

Both watches let the users install apps that extend watch’s functionality. Since the Pebble’s been around longer it will likely offer more apps in the Pebble store. If Apple Watch app developers get on board, then expect that to change after a short period. However, at first, don’t expect as many Apple Watch apps. Until we see what Apple’s store offers, we can’t really compare the two perfectly.

The watches also share the ability skin the watch faces with many different styles. The Pebble Store includes hundreds of Pebble watch faces. Apple will ship the Apple Watch with many faces as well. They’ll let developers create faces too. The color differentiates the two because the Pebble only uses a black and white e-ink style display, while the Apple Watch uses a color display.

Apple Pay seemed less prominent in the Apple announcement to people who only see Apple as a hardware company, but the service may revolutionize the way people pay for things using something other than cash. Pebble doesn’t include the feature that lets a user wave their watch over a payment machine on a point of sale device. Android users had this feature in their phone, but Apple added it to the phone and to Apple Watch.

Apple showed off a feature that lets wearers communicate with each other right from the watch. Users can respond to text messages and even communicate using drawings and vibrations. That’s something the Pebble won’t do. The Pebble Store includes many apps that will send stock responses over text, but the wearer can’t respond by drawing on the screen or tapping a vibration pattern. The Apple Watch will also let users talk via the watch, something the Pebble doesn’t do.

Apple Watch lets users send drawings to other Apple Watch users.

Fitness tracking comes with both watches, but the Apple Watch does a little more. It includes a heart rate monitor using sensors on the back of the watch that reads heart rate all the time. In fact users can send the heart rate as a response to other users with the watch. They will feel a buzz in the pattern of the sender’s heart rate. Pebble relies on third-party apps for most of its fitness tracking features, but they’re there.

Apple Watch and Pebble on Compatibility

This comparison is simple. Pebble works with both iPhone and Android. The Pebble app for iOS works with any iPhone or iPad running iOS 6 or later. The Android app runs on Android phone running Android 4.0 or higher.

The Apple Watch only works with the iPhone 5 or newer. People who own an older iPhone or run Android can’t use an Apple Watch. Between these two options, they must go with Pebble.

Apple Watch and Pebble on Price

The price comparison falls in favor of Pebble. Apple said that the Apple Watch will cost $349 while the cheapest Pebble, either the original Pebble Smartwatch or one of new Pebble Smartwatch in the three neon colors, will cost only $150. Even the Pebble Steel costs just $249, $100 less than the cheapest Apple Watch.

We didn’t get a full price list of the Apple Watch. Some models will certainly cost more than $349.

Budget buyers will need to go with one of the 8 Pebble Smartwatches or splurge $100 more for the Steel.


Which watch should users buy? It’s too early to tell since the Apple Watch won’t ship till 2015. Impatient users can get the Pebble Smartwatch and Pebble Steel today at and other retailers.

Who should pay the premium for the Apple Watch? Aside from the Apple fanboy, serious athletes may want to take a look at the Apple Watch fitness features. They’re more feature rich than what the Pebble does now. Android users can’t use an Apple Watch with their phones, so they only need to choose wether to get the Pebble or some other watch like an Android Wear. Apple users need to decide if they don’t mind getting locked into the Apple ecosystem.

Budget conscious buyers should go with the $150 Pebble Smartwatch, since the Apple Watch will cost $200 more.


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Apple Watch Versus Pebble Smartwatches: Who’s the Winner? is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.


Prepare for iPhone 6 with iCloud for Windows

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 19:30

Prepare for iPhone 6 with iCloud for Windows is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Pre-orders for Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 began early this morning. Those potential iPhone 6 buyers who were lucky might have managed to snag one of the new devices for delivery on launch day. Those who weren’t lucky will probably need to wait a few weeks past the iPhone 6 launch day. Regardless of where you fit on the spectrum, chances are that if you plan on getting an iPhone 6 you won’t want to waste time fiddling with Apples iCloud service.

Here’s how to prepare for your iPhone 6’s arrival by setting up iCloud before it even arrives.

You Can’t Get an iCloud Account Before Your iPhone 6 Arrives

Before we begin it’s important to note that you’ll need to create an iCloud account for this tutorial. Normally, GottaBeMobile would breakdown account creation and then dive into the tutorial. Unfortunately, that’s not the way iCloud works. Instead of making iCloud available to anyone and everyone who might want it, Apple opted to keep iCloud mostly locked to its platforms. What that means is that if you don’t already have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you’ll need to wait to use this tutorial to sync anything from your Windows PC.

Once you have your device, just complete the setup process on your device and you’ll be provided with account credentials for iCloud. You can still download and install the tool even if you don’t have an iCloud account and save yourself a bit of time.

Download & Install the iCloud for Windows Tool

First, let’s download the iCloud for Windows tool. Click here to open Apple’s iCloud support page.

Click the Download button at the top of the page.

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Now wait for the software to download. In Chrome, which is the browser we’re using, downloads show up at the bottom of the window when they’re complete. Most versions of Internet Explorer do the same. Click on the install file when it’s finished to begin the installation process.

Click Next.

Click I Accept the terms in the license agreement. Then click Next.

Click Install.

Now let the installation files run. Don’t walk away from your Windows PC during this. Depending on what version of Windows you have, you could be prompted to approve any changes. The machine we used for this tutorial prompted us for approval twice.

Once the installation is complete click Finish.


Now here’s where it gets interesting. iCloud remains one of the apps that when installed, requires Windows 8 – and every other version of Windows that supports it – to restart their computers. Once the installation is finish you’ll be asked if you want to restart your computer now or later. Make sure that you’re not working on anything that can’t be saved and click Yes.

After you’re computer has been restarted you may have to log in again. A half-size window with the iCloud logo should immediately appear. Enter your Apple ID username and password into the iCloud utility. Again, you’ll need to have already configured an iCloud Account using your Apple ID username and Password from a Mac, iPad, iPod Touch or Phone if you had one previously.

In iOS 7 you can create an iCloud Account by diving into your device’s Settings and looking for iCloud. The same is true, once you get your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. There’s no way to create an iCloud Account on the web.

Click Don’t Send when prompted to automatically share your experience with Apple.

And there you have it. iCloud syncing is now available on your Windows PC, enabling you to edit contacts and capture photos and have them effortlessly sync between it and your iPhone 6.

Click on the options for Bookmarks to decide what browser you’d like iCloud to sync your favorites from. This functionality isn’t limited to one browser – you can sync favorites from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.

Click on the options beside Photos to configure it. By default iCloud will sync over any photos uploaded by your computer or taken with your iPhone 6. Apple calls this photostream and it works sort of like a universal camera roll. You can also specify what folder you want your photos downloaded to.

You may be wondering where your Contacts, Calendar and Reminders are. By default, the iCloud Control Panel syncs this information, but only if there’s a copy of Microsoft’s Outlook personal management app installed on the PC. If there isn’t it’ll just redirect you to the online iCloud portal.

The iCloud Control Panel’s most essential function is to let you manage how much storage space you have in iCloud. Use the meter at the bottom to keep an eye on how much space you’re using. Click the Mange button to look at iCloud backups of your phone.

Depending on your use case, you may need to add some iCloud storage at some point in the future. You can do that from here too. Good luck with iCloud.

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Prepare for iPhone 6 with iCloud for Windows is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.


iOS 8 Release for iPad: What to Expect

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 17:10

iOS 8 Release for iPad: What to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iOS 8 release date is confirmed for September 17th, or, two days before the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release date. With the iOS 8 release at hand, we want to take another look at what iPad users can expect from their big day on September 17th, the day on which iOS 7 will give way to iOS 8 and its brand new features.

At its launch event last week, Apple confirmed a number of new products for arrival including a new Apple Watch, two new iPhones in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and the iOS 8 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 8 was originally confirmed at WWDC 2014 though Apple declined to get into specifics about its release date or the features that would accompany the software’s final release.

Those details were confirmed at the event alongside the iPhone 6. The iOS 8 update will land for iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch fifth-gen users on September 17th, just two days before the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release date.

On that day, those that haven’t used the iOS 8 beta or the newly released iOS 8 beta will find themselves staring into the face of a brand new iOS update that not only delivers design tweaks and enhancements to older iOS 8 apps and features but new features as well.

iOS 8, as the video above shows, comes equipped with a number of big time features including changes to iMessage, the Photos application, a new feature called Continuity that allows your devices to better communicate with one another, a new smart keyboard, and a whole lot more. There are tons of changes big and small.

With an iOS 8 release date set for three days from now, we want to ensure that you’re as prepared as possible and today, we want to take a close look at what to expect from the iOS 8 release for the iPad.

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The iOS 8 release for iPad will take place on September 17th. That date is set in concrete and will not move. What this means is that we can anticipate exactly when you’ll be getting the iOS 8 update for your iPad.

Apple’s iOS 8 release for the iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina Display will all fall on that day. Unlike Android software releases, Apple releases all of its iOS updates on the same day at the same time. No waiting involved.

It also tends to release its iOS update around the same time, in and around 10AM PST. So, this Wednesday, you should be able to download the iOS 8 on any iPad starting around 10AM PST or so. That’s what to expect.

iOS 8 Installation Problems

We expect many iPad users to run into day one iOS 8 installation issues. We almost always see pandemonium on iOS release day where Apple’s servers melt due to millions of simultaneous downloads. It’s one of the drawbacks of Apple’s iOS release policy and something that iPhone and iPad owners downloading on day one must learn to live with.

If you don’t want to deal with Apple-related installation issues, we highly suggest avoiding the iOS 8 update for iPad when it first arrives. Wait a few hours, even a day, and you probably won’t run into any server issues. They tend to dissipate once the initial rush is over.

We also expect to hear complaints from 16GB iPad users that haven’t done their homework. Remember, if you’re going to be installing iOS 8 Over-the-Air through your device’s Settings, you’re going to need GB’s of available space. If you don’t want to delete anything, you’re going to have to install iOS 8 through iTunes. That’s just the way it goes.

Don’t expect anything different on September 17th. This is how it works.

More Issues on Older iPads

Older devices tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to performance. For instance, when last year’s iOS 7 update arrived, the most vocal complainers were owners of the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4, or, the two elder statesmen. This time around, we expect the most problems to surface on older devices like the iPad 2 (iOS 8 is its fourth update) and the iPhone 4s (iOS 8 is its third update).

Their hardware is still pretty good, Apple wouldn’t be releasing iOS 8 if it didn’t think they could handle iOS 8, but those with aging iPads should be a little wearier than those with the iPad Air or the iPad mini with Retina Display. Apple does a pretty good job but there’s always room for performance issues when a device is old.

Apps Behaving Badly

App crashes, lock ups, and other issues used to be very prevalent in the days after a major iOS release. That’s not really the case anymore. The transitions from iOS 6 to iOS 6.1 and iOS 7 to iOS 7.1 were pretty flawless and the move from iOS 6 to iOS 7, from an app standpoint, was actually pretty reasonable. We ran into a few issues but nothing that warranted an outburst.

Big developers like Netflix and Facebook now offer frequent updates to their apps. And its these big developers that tend to make smooth transitions from one big iOS update to the next. They’re prepared. That’s what the beta is for.

If we do see some major issues with applications after the iOS 8 update, we’d expect them to be from more obscure third-party applications with lesser support. Some developers are slow moving, due to workload or cost or whatever, and its those apps that could suffer after the arrival of iOS 8.

One thing that we’ll point out is that we’ve seen app developers start releasing fixes and changes ahead of the iOS 8 upgrade and that’s an extremely good sign for iPad owners.

Quick iOS 8 Bug Fix Updates

If the iOS 8 update for iPad does bring some major problems, expect Apple to deliver a quick iOS 8.0.1 or iOS 8.0.2 update to solve the biggest ones. We almost always see the company roll out an iOS 8.0.x update in the weeks after the initial release in an effort to squash initial bugs and we’re expecting the same from the iOS 8 update this year.

Missing iOS 8 Features

If you own an iPad, you won’t be getting the full iOS 8 feature set.

Health, a new feature that’s featured inside iOS 8, will be limited to the iPhone 4s or later and the iPod touch. However, the big blow is the fact that Apple’s exciting Continuity feature won’t be coming with support for the iPad 2, iPad 3, or the iPhone 4s.

The company quietly made the announcement on its iOS 8 splash page after the iPhone 6 announcement. And what this means is that the iOS 8 updates for iPhone 4s, iPad 3, and iPad 2 will be lacking one of the most exciting iOS 8 features.

Continuity, one of iOS 8′s most exciting features, will skip some devices.

Continuity is actually a series of features that will tightly connect Apple’s mobile products with the Mac. For instance, Handoff allows users to start an email on the iPhone and finish it on the Mac. It also works for an assortment of Apple apps including Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages and more. Apple’s also opened it up to third-party app developers.

With Continuity, iPhone users will be able to answer calls on the iPad or the Mac, send texts from any device, or connect the Mac or iPad to the iPhone’s personal hotspot for quick and easy access to the internet. So, don’t go looking for these features on Wednesday. They won’t be there.

The Need to Install on Day One

iOS 8 looks like a great update for the iPhone and iPad. The new features should help to prolong the life of older iPads and help to make the newer iPads like iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina Display even better. It’s going to be a tempting download but it’s not one that you need to download on the first day of availability.

You shouldn’t feel any pressure to install on the iOS 8 release date. Don’t expect the iOS 8 update to go anywhere. It will be around for awhile after its initial release. Let people like us dig in and figure things out for you before installing. That way, if there are apps or battery drain, you’ll know about them before installing the iOS 8 update.

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iOS 8 Release for iPad: What to Expect is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6: 6 Things Android Users Can Tell You About Big Screens

GottaBeMobile - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 17:06

iPhone 6: 6 Things Android Users Can Tell You About Big Screens is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This week the all-new iPhone 6 was announced, and it finally has a bigger screen. In fact, in case you missed it Apple released a new 4.7-inch iPhone 6, and a massive 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Two things many iPhone users never expected to happen.

Big smartphones are nothing new though, and Android users have been enjoying smartphones with 5-inch or bigger screens for years. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy Note was the first huge device that was popular and sold millions. It had a 5.3-inch display, and now the new Note 4 coming next month delivers an iPhone 6 Plus beating 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display.

Read: iPhone 6 vs LG G3

Android users know a thing or two about big screens on a smartphone, and if you’re looking to jump up and get a new iPhone 6, we have a few things we wanted to mention below. My daily smartphones are the Samsung Galaxy S5, and the LG G3. One has a 5.1-inch 1080p display, and the LG G3 has a large 5.5-inch screen. Having a big smartphone is nothing new to me, but for iPhone 6 users this will be a major change.

For years Apple made fun of Android (most notably Samsung) for the huge and “unrealistic” screen sizes they used, but now they’ve finally caved to consumer demand and are offering the same thing. We’ll call the iPhone 6 Plus the iPhablet, because that’s what it is. Android users have been calling these phablets for a long time, considering a 5.7-inch smartphone is more a tablet than a phone, but that’s a good thing.

Over the years many iPhone faithfuls have switched to Android simply because they wanted a bigger screen and liked what their friends had. It’s this, that is likely the reason Apple finally changed tunes and went to a bigger screen. When I use an old iPhone 4 it just feels so small, typing is hard, and enjoying content isn’t the same. Big screens are here to stay, and Apple confirmed that this week with the all-new iPhone 6.

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The iOS ecosystem and Apple App Store has a rich library of some of the best apps, games, and movies available today. It’s arguably better than Android, and is what has kept so many iPhone users on Apple’s side for so many years. While watching a movie on Netflix, playing Clash of Clans, or enjoying some fun casual games on your phone is fun, it’s even better on a big screen.

The new iPhone 6 finally has a 1334 x 750 (720p) HD display, and games will look amazing. Even though the “retina” screens before were good, they’ll be even better with the new iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Plus even has a full 1080p HD screen, and it will deliver the best gaming and movie experience, hands down.

Android users have been enjoying Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and movies uploaded to micro-SD cards on a big screen for years, and in many cases their phones have replaced the tablet. I know my 5.5-inch LG G3 is all I need, and I rarely use my Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4-inch tablet these days. If you get a new 128GB iPhone 6 you’ll have plenty of space to load up movies, and now you’ll actually be able to enjoy it because you’ll have a big screen.

Many analysts say content is king, and now all that content can finally be enjoyed as intended. With a big 4.7 or 5.5-inch iPhone 6 display.

Adjust Your Grip

We all probably hold our smartphones in a similar fashion. Your thumb is on the side, a few fingers are on the back, and your pinky is used for support. At least that’s how I do it, and now that iPhones are bigger you’ll probably be doing the same thing if you don’t already. Apple’s made fun of Android’s big screens for years, as shown below, but now that they offer bigger screens you’ll all need to adjust your grip.

In fact, the iPhone 6 Plus is so tall you’ll probably have a hard time accessing things with one hand, and typing with one hand isn’t very easy either. I find that using Swype, SwiftKey, or Google’s Keyboard with gesture-typing is easiest, and with iOS 8 you can now use other keyboards, which should help ease this transition.

It’s also worth noting that your wrist may get tired from the changes, but after a few days you’ll get used to your bigger screen, and comfortable with the fact that you’ll likely have to shuffle the phone a bit in your hand to get the device in the right spot in order to tap certain aspects of the screen. I’ll roll my fingers up and let my Galaxy S5 slide down a bit so I can reach things at the top. Have fun with that iPhone 6 buyers.

Landscape Mode

iPhone owners are probably all very familiar with landscape mode. Using the phone horizontal instead of vertically to enjoy more content on the small display. The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will offer tons more screen real-estate, and you may not need to use landscape mode anymore, but you should.

Typing will be easier, and using two hands to hold your phone in landscape will make writing long emails, essays, or other things a breeze. Everything from browsing the web, watching YouTube videos, and more will all be better with the new iPhone 6. Just don’t forget to hold it in landscape mode from time to time.

Don’t Drop It

The iPhone 6 isn’t available yet, so we haven’t seen any drop-test videos testing out the durability when a user drops their phone. These are popular videos all over the web, and the same will likely arrive with the iPhone 6 launch next week. A bigger screen means a few things. For one, it’s heavier and will incur more damage when dropped, and there’s more room for the screen to flex while it’s in your pocket. The small square iPhone’s of old were pretty durable, but don’t drop or sit on your new iPhone 6, as it could crack.

A pile of broken iPhone screens.

Dropping the phone will also go hand in hand with changing how you grip and use your smartphone. Personally, the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 and 4 are just too big. There’s no way to type with one hand unless your hands are massive, or you use the one-handed mode which moves the keyboard to one side of the display. As a result almost everyone types with two hands, simply because they have to.

I’ve almost dropped my phone on many occasions for this same reason, trying to type with one hand. When buyers start getting the new iPhone 6 you may want to buy insurance at the same time, as we have a feeling there’s going to be a lot of cracked and broken screens from drops. Mostly because people will need to get used to the bigger display, and have a more secure grip. It sounds silly, but it’s true. Be careful.

iPhone 6 Screen Protectors

The iPhone 6 was rumored to come with a break-though in screen protection, called Sapphire Crystal. This glass is extremely durable, shatter-proof, and nearly impossible to scratch. It’s also quite expensive, hard to manufacturer, and didn’t make it on the iPhone 6. We’ve seen it on watches, even the new Apple Watch, but not on the iPhone.

With a bigger phone comes more screen real-estate. This is more glass that can be scratched when you drop your phone, from keys in your pocket, or the array of other things in a woman’s purse at any given time. My girlfriends purse is a black hole of danger for electronics, and my smartphone stays in my pocket.

If you pickup a shiny new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus you’ll probably want to get a screen protector too. At least until we can see some scratch test videos and see how well the new iPhone 6 screen holds up to damage from daily wear and tear. Nothing is worse than watching some Breaking Bad on Netflix and having a huge scratch in the middle of your screen.


Sorry iPhone 6 Plus buyers, the Galaxy Note 4 is still better. Mainly because it has a higher resolution display, a bigger battery, and an S-Pen stylus. Content creation is a huge selling point for the Galaxy Note lineup, and now that there’s an iPhone with a huge 5.5-inch display, we can expect more drawing apps to arrive for iOS.

The Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen and software is an advantage over the iPhone 5s.

Getting a stylus may be a good idea for those with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as it will make things even easier. From playing Draw Something 2, to performing other tasks. There’s even tiny stylus options that fit in the 3.5mm headphone jack, so you’ll never lose it. Give one a try, and enjoy it.

Final Thoughts

Apple’s Tim Cook took the stage and said “Bigger than bigger” when talking about the new iPhone. What does that even mean? The iPhone was announced a few days ago, and I still have yet to receive a reply regarding what exactly “bigger than bigger” actually means.

One thing I do know though, is that bigger IS better. Welcome to the party iPhone users!

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iPhone 6: 6 Things Android Users Can Tell You About Big Screens is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


How to Turn Off Facebook Birthday Alerts on the iPhone

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 20:59

How to Turn Off Facebook Birthday Alerts on the iPhone is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

Having birthday alerts show up on your iPhone get to the very heart of what the modern smartphone is intended to be. Part personal assistant, Facebook birthday alerts on the iPhone are meant to make you aware of the friends and family you might want to plan something special ahead of schedule. They’re also meant as a sort of “here look at these people.” – a way for Facebook to drive traffic by reminding you of someone you might have forgotten. Facebook birthday alerts are useful, but they’re also ridiculous annoying – especially, for those who have tons of friends. You could be anywhere and just suddenly have your device flashing alert after alert.

Here’s how to turn off Facebook birthday alerts on the iPhone so that you can focus on the things you need to.

Let’s get started. For the purposes of this tutorial we’re using the iPhone 5s and Apple’s iOS 7 operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. We’re also using the latest version of Facebook for iOS. Depending on which iPhone you have things could look a bit differently because iOS 7 is a huge departure from past versions of iOS. Chances are if you own an iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s then what you see on your device will match with what’s shown here. If the Facebook app on your iPhone looks differently than what’s shown here, that’s ok. Head to the iTunes App Store on your device to manually update to the latest version of Facebook for iPhone.

Unlock your iPhone by putting in your four digit pin code or by swiping from the left to the right at the bottom of your screen. iPhone 5s users can also use their fingerprint to unlock their iPhone if they’ve previously setup Touch ID, the iPhone’s fingerprint reader Home button.

Immediately, you should be taken to the Home screen. Look around for the Settings app on your home screen. It’s entirely possible that you may have hidden it in app folder if you don’t see it. In our example its represented by the cog icon in the bottom-right corner. Open Settings.

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Inside the Settings app scroll down until you see an option for Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Tap on that option.

Inside the Mail, Contacts, and Calendar settings you’ll want to scroll down until you see the option for Default Alert Times.


Now tap on Birthdays. Tap Off to kill any iOS birthday notifications.

You’ve just successfully killed all alerts related to iOS’s Birthday calendar. What that means is that your iPhone will no longer show you notifications for birthdays. What that doesn’t do is kill off Birthday notifications altogether. In short, users who stop here will no longer see Birthday alerts on their iPhone, but still get them online and through the Facebook app for iPhone. Luckily we can kill those too.

Go back to the Home screen by pressing the Home button below your device’s screen. Now look for the Facebook app and open it.

Welcome to the Facebook News feed. Tap the More icon at the bottom-right corner of your screen.

Scroll down until you see Settings and tap on it.

Tap on Notifications.

Scroll down until you see the Birthdays under “What Notifications You Get.” Tap on it.

Now uncheck the Get Notifications box. From this point on the Facebook, won’t keep reminding you of birthdays either. Now you won’t have to contend with the dozens of reminders we talked about a bit earlier. Turn them off here could also kill them on other devices you might own like Windows Phones and Android tablets since Facebook App settings sync.

Before you decide to turn off Birthday alerts on your iPhone, I encourage you to consider how useful they are first. For many, Facebook is the only way they’re able to remember individual birthdays. That makes sense. If that’s the case for you, it may be a better idea to put up with them so that you don’t forget someone’s special day. If you’re ok with that then go ahead and turn off Facebook birthday alerts on your iPhone.

Thankfully, Apple also pulls the birthdays of friends and family from Facebook and integrates into a Calendar for iPhone. Birthdays are pulled from Facebook and also available online through Apple’s iCloud service and Mac OS operating system. You can turn off Facebook birthday events in your calendar if you’d like to ditch them there too. However, going that far might not be such a good idea.

Because Facebook likes to build traffic and let everyone you are friends with know about what’s going on in your life, your friends and family will continue to get Facebook birthday alerts on their phone concerning you. They’ll continue to pop up online as well.


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How to Turn Off Facebook Birthday Alerts on the iPhone is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.


5 Great Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Tips

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 19:05

5 Great Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Tips is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.

Business and educational users will love the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, one of the best Android 4.4 Kitkat options. It’s got an excellent display, fast user interface and best-in-class note taking and drawing features thanks to the great Samsung S Pen. To help Note 10.1 users better enjoy their device, we’ve collected a list of 5 great tips for getting the most out of the device.

These tips focus mostly on using the Samsung Touchwiz interface that the` tablet’s manufacturer installs as a skin on top of the Android operating system.

Many of these tips will include launching the Settings app on the Note 10.1. To do that, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap on the gear icon in the upper right corner. This opens the four-tabbed Settings app.

Swipe down from the top of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition screen and tap on the gear icon to open settings.

Take a look at our How To that covered the built-in apps on the Note 10.1, and look for our list of great accessories for this tablet later on.

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Either open a case with magnetic lock feature or tap the power/home button to show the lock screen.

The Touchwiz lock screen puts most used apps on the screen so the user doesn’t need to unlock their tablet to quickly open these five apps. Just tap that app icon to launch it from the lock screen. Change which app icons show up on the lock screen from inside Settings.

From the Lock screen item under the Device tab, turn on Shortcuts and then tap the item to open the customization screen.

Tap Shortcuts from the Lock screen item under the Personalization section. There’s a screen of five icons that will show up. Tap on an icon to change it to a different app. This opens the Apps list. Tap an app to place it on the lock screen.

Which icons should users put here? Don’t just put the most used apps. Instead pick apps that you’ll need to get access to quickly when your tablet is in sleep mode. When I’m in a meeting or someone asks a question, I can quickly access certain icons. For example, put a calendar app, Chrome, a camera app for scanning documents, or other apps that a person might need in an instant.

Wake Up the Note Using Different Methods

The Galaxy Note 10.1 will open to the lock screen, an Action memo or other functions. Change this setting to customize.

Users can open their Galaxy Note 10.1 in different ways and open them to different locations in the user interface. Change these by opening Settings and tapping on the Device tab and then the Lock screen section.

First, turn on the Wake up in lock screen feature. Then tap on that item to customize it with a wake up voice command. Touchwiz gives four different optional wake up places, like waking up to the home screen, in the camera, calendar or music app. Tap on Wake up function 1. After the user taps the numbered option, the Note will offer four possible options:

  • Unlock
  • Open Camera
  • Check Schedule
  • Play Music

After the user taps the numbered unlock function, a new screen will show up with the mic customization tool. Tap on the mic icon at the bottom of the screen and speak the unlock command into the tablet. For example, use “Unlock My Note” to simply unlock the tablet. Choose something like “Open Camera” to start the camera.

Another way to open the lock screen is to use the S Pen. One item in Settings turns on the feature to turn on the screen using a Double tap on the lock screen while holding down the S Pen button. This will open up an Action Memo.

Action memos let users write things like a web address and then open it in a browser.

Action Memos let users write something and then interact with that written text in one of five ways:

  • Create contact
  • Send email
  • Search the web
  • Find address on a map
  • Create a task
Customize the Notification Panel

Touchwiz includes a notification panel at the top of the slide down notification screen. The buttons work like shortcuts to key settings in Android. For example, tap on the Wi-Fi button to turn Wi-Fi on or off. Tap and hold it to open the Wi-Fi Settings screen.

Users can change which buttons show up by opening Settings and then tapping on the Device tab at the top and Notification panel along the lower left side.

The panel customizations setting screen includes three areas. The first controls whether the Brightness and volume sliders show up in the notification area. A check mark includes these options or clear it to remove it. There’s also an option for Recommended apps, which shows app icons for things like apps that one can use with headphones after connecting them. Turn this on to quickly open such icons.

Finally, as described above, there’s a section to control which settings icons show up and which don’t. Drag the icons from the Available buttons section at the bottom to the Notification panel section above it and vice versa. The Reset button changes things back to the default configuration.

Turn Off Keyboard Sounds

Stop annoying people around you while typing on the onscreen keyboard. Open Settings and tap on Device and Sound. Find the option under Samsung keyboard near the bottom of the screen and uncheck it.

Use Voice Control for Alarms, Camera and Music

The Alarm feature, the built-in Touchwiz Camera app, and the built-in Music app will respond to voice commands. Turn this on in Settings from the Controls tab. Turn on one or all three of these options.

The settings will explain what commands will control the various apps. It’s a shame that we can’t use different apps, like the Google Play Music app instead of the built-in Music app.

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5 Great Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Tips is a post by Kevin Purcell from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6 Release Date: What Not to Expect Now

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 17:09

iPhone 6 Release Date: What Not to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

With the iPhone 6 pre-order date now out of the way, consumers now have their sights set on the highly anticipated iPhone 6 release date that’s set for September 19th. With interest in the new iPhone release soaring, we want to take an updated look at our expectations regarding Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release date.

Earlier this week, after months and months of rumor and speculation, Apple took the stage and debuted its brand new iPhone release. Instead of one iPhone 6, the company announced two brand new iPhone models in the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. The two devices replace the iPhone 5s as the company’s flagship and they drop the iPhone 5s into the free-on-contract slot.

Apple’s brand new iPhones both come with sleek and slim metal designs, A8 processor, upgraded cameras including Optical Image Stabilization on the iPhone 6 Plus, tons of storage options, Retina HD displays, a number of different price points, major U.S. carrier options, NFC for Apple Pay and Apple’s new iOS 8 operating system.

Early Friday morning, Apple and its carrier partners starting taking iPhone 6 pre-orders and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders ahead of the iPhone 6 release date on September 19th. Per usual, the iPhone 6 pre-orders produced a chain reaction of events that have pushed shipping times and caused a number of headaches for prospective buyers. This has helped to put a greater importance on the actual iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release date that will land on Friday next week.

With many eyes now fixated on the September 19th iPhone 6 release date, we want to take a look at what iPhone 6 buyers, of both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, should not expect from Apple’s big day.

Lots of iPhone 6 Plus Stock

Now that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders have started, we have a pretty good idea about how the iPhone 6 release date will play out next week. The first thing that we don’t expect is tons of iPhone 6 Plus stock at Apple Stores, retail locations and carrier stores on Friday.

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Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus is completely sold out through Apple and through its carrier partners and if there is any pre-order stock left at retailers, those devices will likely be reserved before the end of next week.

We’ve heard all along that supply of the larger model would be strained at launch and it’s looking like those rumors were true. Apple’s running short on iPhone 6 Plus stock and while we could see Apple Stores provide ample stock, not everyone lives near an Apple Store. This device should be fairly difficult to find next week, especially now because of the sell out.

Retailers/Carriers with Tons of Stock

That brings us to our next point. Outside of Apple Stores, it’s extremely hard to predict the kind of stock stores will have. In the past, carrier locations and third-party retailers like Best Buy have been given strange allotments. In other words, some stores might have tons of 16GB Gold while other stores might have just a few in stock. This means that the chances of getting screwed at one of these stores on iPhone 6 release day is much higher.

We don’t expect anything different this time around with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. We’re already seeing strained supply and it’s not clear if Apple’s supply chain is going to be able to ramp up in time to meet demand on Friday. Our guess is that it won’t and that will leave outsiders with an uneven amount of stock on September 19th.

One of our key iPhone 6 buyers tips is to go and check in with your local store on Thursday. Often, you’ll be able to garner details about their stock ahead of time. Just be nice to the people that work there.

Space Gray Stock Issues

Speaking of stock issues, we’ve seen the gray iPhone 6 sell out much faster than other models (silver and gold). We’re not entirely sure why that is, it could have something with it having a darker border, something that will help with the look of video content, but we highly doubt that that’s the only reason. Maybe people just like the look of it, who knows.

What we do know is that it sold like hotcakes in the past 24 hours and thus, we have a feeling that it’s going to be a sought after model on the iPhone 6 release date. Those that are looking to buy it should expect it to sell out quicker than the other models. It’s not something we predicted ahead of the iPhone 6 pre-order date, we figured gold would be the number one color, but it looks like consumers have moved onto gray.

64GB Model to Sell Out Quicker Than You Think

When Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it revealed three storage options in 16GB, 64GB, 128GB. Absent was the 32GB model that had been a stalwart in Apple’s iPhone lineup for many years. What’s nice is that Apple did not increase the price of the middle iPhone model. The 64GB iPhone 6 simply takes the $299.99 slot that was once occupied by the 32GB model.

This added value makes the 64GB an intriguing value proposition and it’s one that iPhone 6 buyers are taking advantage of. From what we saw on Friday, the 64GB model sold out faster than the base 16GB model. The 128GB models have also seen some supply issues but it does look like the 64GB iPhone 6 is this year’s sweet spot.

So, we think that we could see the 32GB iPhone 6 and perhaps the 32GB iPhone 6 Plus sell out fairly quickly on the release day. This obviously isn’t confirmed but it’s a gut feeling that we have given the events on Friday and given the value of the 64GB at $299.99.

No Lines

Do not expect to be able to walk up to an Apple Store, walk in, and walk out within 20 minutes. There are going to be lines outside of these stores, especially now with the iPhone 6 Plus sold out. There are going to be a ton of people that don’t want to wait for the iPhone 6 Plus to arrive and it’s those people that are going to populate these lines outside Apple Stores and perhaps, carrier locations as well.

There are already lines forming outside stores and we could see those lines start to get worse as we get closer to the release date. If you’re planning to buy the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus on Friday, be sure to show up a little bit early so that you can stake your claim. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the iPhone release date. You just never know.

Widespread Walmart-like iPhone 6 Deals

Walmart is offering iPhone 6 deals that knock the price of the iPhone 6 down to $179 and the price of the iPhone 6 Plus down to $279. Both are $20 discounts over the usual prices for the 16GB models. iPhone deals are typically few and far between and that’s why there’s a lot of interesting Walmart’s iPhone 6 release day deal.

Sam’s Club will also be offering a similar deal and if Costco offers the iPhone 6, and it also could knock the price of the iPhone 6 down. Don’t expect these types of deals from other stores though. We won’t see these deals at Apple Stores and while carriers and retailers might be offering iPhone 6 deals on iPhone 6 release day, they will require a trade-in or another kind of catch.

Staples, for instance, will sell the iPhone 6 but here’s how its deal works out:

tarting Sunday, September 14, Staples customers can also earn a minimum of $30 back (via a Staples eCash card) when they trade-in a qualifying laptop, and a minimum of $50 back when the trade-in a qualifying smartphone (and up to $280 – via a Staples eCash card –  for an iPhone 5 in good condition), which can be used when they come back to pick–up and purchase their pre–order of a new Apple device.

It’s an iPhone 6 deal, sure, but it’s far more complicated than the deals at Walmart and Sam’s Club.

No iOS 8 Jailbreak

Finally, do not expect an iOS 8 jailbreak on release day. We simply haven’t seen any credible information trickle out and furthermore, we never see the development teams release a working jailbreak after the first public release of an iOS update.

Typically they wait so that Apple can’t immediately plug up the exploits and seal the devs off from their cash cow. Look for an iOS 8 jailbreak sometime in the next few months but don’t expect it this month.

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iPhone 6 Release Date: What Not to Expect Now is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


Galaxy Note 4 Release Date Picking Up Steam

GottaBeMobile - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 16:28

Galaxy Note 4 Release Date Picking Up Steam is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date continues to pick up steam despite there being no concrete Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date in place for the United States or for key regions around the world.

Last week, Samsung took the stage and announced its all new Galaxy Note 4. The Galaxy Note 4 serves as its fourth-generation Galaxy Note and it’s a device that’s poised to replace the Galaxy Note 3 as the company’s flagship. At the its launch event, Samsung went into great detail about its Next Big Thing though it did hold back on some of the key details including the Galaxy Note 4 price and the specific Galaxy Note 4 release date.

As we’ve pushed towards the confirmed Galaxy Note 4 release date in October, we’ve started to see a number of key release details trickle out. In the past few days, we’ve seen an October 10th release date emerge out of retailers in the Netherlands and we’ve also spotted a possible October 3rd release date at Amazon in a Galaxy Note 4 pre-order. Both of those dates remain unconfirmed and given their source, both dates remain extremely flimsy in the build up to the Galaxy Note 4 release date.

While the specific Galaxy Note 4 release date remains unclear, it’s clear that the Galaxy Note 4 release date is making progress. While Samsung remains mum about a release, we’ve seen the Galaxy Note 4 release remain very active behind the scenes and in the past 24 hours, we’ve seen it make several new moves on its way to release.

Over the past week or so we’ve spotted international variants passing through their Bluetooth certification. We’ve also seen Galaxy Note 4 variants pass through the FCC including the AT&T Galaxy Note 4. Yesterday, we saw the Sprint Galaxy Note 4 cruising through the FCC on its way to shelves and today, we’ve spotted a few more variants.

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Blog of Mobile, a site that tracks FCC filings, notes that two new models, the SM-N910 and SM-N9106W have both gained clearance from the FCC. These models appear to be associated with China Telecom, a key mobile service provider in China. China is a key battleground for company’s like Samsung and it looks like the Chinese Galaxy Note 4 release is inching closer.

Unfortunately, the filing does not confirm any specific Galaxy Note 4 release date details. Samsung and its carrier partners remain silent about the Galaxy Note 4 release in the U.S and at the moment, it’s still not clear as to when the Galaxy Note 4 will arrive on shelves to compete against the iPhone 6, LG G3, and HTC One. The Galaxy Note 4 release is, however, continuing to pick up steam.

While the Galaxy Note 4 release date remains out of reach, we do know what to expect from the Galaxy Note 4 specs. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be loaded up with new features including a new 5.7-inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 805 processor from Qualcomm, 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, new design that features plastic and metal, 32GB of storage, Android 4.4.4 KitKat, new software, and a brand new S Pen.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 will be a powerful smartphone but it will have to contend with the iPhone 6, a device that will feature 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays combined with a sleek metal design. The iPhone 6 is already up for pre-order with a release date that’s confirmed for next Friday, September 19th. At this point, it looks like Apple will beat the Galaxy Note 4 to release despite launching a week earlier.

It will also have to match up with the new Moto X from Motorola, a successor to the original Moto X, and a device that’s expected to arrive sometime later on this month to replace the original Moto X from last year.

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Galaxy Note 4 Release Date Picking Up Steam is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.


Moto 360 Release Problems Continue

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 23:10

Moto 360 Release Problems Continue is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

After months of waiting and tons of hype the brand new Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch is finally available to buy, sort of. Late last week all of the details, release date, and pricing were officially announced.

It was first debuted back in March when Google unveiled Android Wear, their OS built from the ground up for wearable devices like a smartwatch, and since then the Moto 360 has been the most anticipated option. Last week Motorola started selling the new smartwatch, which sold out in hours, as well as Google Play, and Best Buy.

Read: Moto 360 Hands-on

The Moto 360 release date was technically September 5th, and you can try to buy the smartwatch from an array of different source, but so far the release isn’t going very smooth. Not only was it released months after the competition, but it’s out of stock everywhere with shipping dates slipping by the hour. Today it surfaced on the Google Play Store, but quickly went out of stock. Below is how the Moto 360 release and stock is holding up, and where you can buy one next week.

After months of waiting and launching over two months later than the first two Android Wear smartwatches, it’s here, but selling out quick. In fact, the Moto 360 sold out the same day it was released, which was September 5th.

The Moto 360 is sold out from with no details on when it will return, it sold out on and hasn’t returned since September 5th, and the same can be said about the Google Play Store. However, users still have a few options, and more will be arriving early next week.

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Today the Moto 360 in black was in stock on the Google Play Store. It didn’t last long, and was back to being “out of inventory” in a matter of minutes. We’re not sure how many sold, but shipping dates have slipped until September 25th from the Google Play Store, as confirmed from the screenshot below.

One lucky user was able to buy the Moto 360 from the Google Play Store, who sent us the screenshot above. Clearly showing it was purchased today from the Play Store, but shipping has slipped to September 25. It’s worth noting it says “by September 25th” meaning it could ship sooner than, but no later than that date.

This may be too long for some, not to mention prospective buyers may have better luck at Best Buy retail stores. Last week Best buy confirmed they’ll have the device in-store available for purchase starting September 14th, which is Monday, but we’re already seeing it readily available around the country, but they aren’t lasting long. Here in Las Vegas multiple stores have the gray Moto 360 for sale, but the all black option has been sold out completely, and I’ve yet to see it surface.

A few reports on Twitter and Google+ suggest both models are at select stores, and your luck will vary by location, timing, and amount if interest. A few readers said they bought one from stores in California and Arizona, and their Best Buy had both colors available.

As you can see multiple Best Buy stores have stock available in-store today, but they should all have plenty come September 14th. We’ve yet to hear any word from Motorola regarding additional supplies, as their own website has been out of stock since September 5th. Last we saw it had the device on back-order until September 22nd, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Even with the new Apple Watch announcement this week, the Android Wear-powered Moto 360 is still extremely popular, and selling out quick. We’ll update the moment we have more details regarding additional availability for this impressive new smartwatch.

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Moto 360 Release Problems Continue is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


Nexus 7 Deals Continue as Nexus 8 Rumors Swirl

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 22:22

Nexus 7 Deals Continue as Nexus 8 Rumors Swirl is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Multiple rumors suggest that Google has a new Nexus tablet coming later this year, a device that’s being called the Nexus 8 or Nexus 9. While the details still are unclear, more information has emerged this week potentially confirming all the rumors we’ve heard thus far. As consumers wait for a new Nexus 8 or Nexus 9 however, the Nexus 7 deals continue to arrive.

Not only has the Nexus 7 nearly vanished from the Google Play Store, but more and more deals keep offering the impressive Android tablet at a discount. A few weeks ago a deal from Newegg delivered the tablet to buyers for just $102, and today it’s back on eBay Daily Deals for just $129 with a free case.

Read: Nexus 9 Release Date and Rumors Confirmed

While deals are expected for an aging and year old tablet like the Nexus 7, they could be a sign that the rumored (and now confirmed from the link above) Nexus 9 is coming sometime soon. We’ve continued to hear bits and pieces of news, but this week the all-new Google Nexus 9 made by HTC has reportedly been confirmed.

Google’s Nexus 7 from last year is now more than a year old, and prospective buyers are looking for Nexus 7 deals, or waiting to get the new Nexus 8 or Nexus 9 once it’s released. Below is the current Nexus 7 deal going on right now, as well as more details surrounding the incoming Nexus tablet.

Currently the latest Nexus 7 (2013) is available from eBay daily deals for only $129, and that includes a free leather case. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this deal, as it’s for a factory refurbished unit. However, this is a great price for what’s still arguably one of the better Android tablets available in the 7-inch form factor. It retails for $229 new, so this is a pretty good deal, not to mention includes free shipping. This may be the last 7-inch tablet released by Google, as rumor has it the next model will sport an 8.9-inch HD display.

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This is an early render of the Nexus 9

Speaking of new Nexus tablets, more details have emerged this week that could be extremely important for potential buyers of the device linked to above. And those are reports that the HTC-made Nexus 9 with a quad-core NVIDIA K1 processor have been confirmed. NVIDIA themselves (who makes the processor powering the device) revealed the “HTC Nexus 9″ this week in some court documents for an ongoing lawsuit with Samsung and Qualcomm over their graphics technology.

Late last month the HTC tablet was spotted clearing some certifications, like the WiFi certification, and we can expect some FCC filings and other similar reports to surface soon as well. This doesn’t confirm the HTC device is a Nexus tablet, but all reports and rumors thus far point to exactly that.

The leak from NVIDIA is a big one, as until now we’ve only seen some leaked benchmarks and heard from a few somewhat reliably sources that a new Nexus tablet was coming. This is the first concrete set of details, and the best part is the release date. NVIDIA stated the HTC Nexus 9 would be released inside of Q3 2014, which means before the end of September. That’s most likely slightly off, as we’d be seeing more reports if this was indeed the case. However, this could mean an early October release of  both the new Nexus 9, and Android 4.5 or 5.o, the L release.

Read: Nexus 7 Vanishes Amidst Nexus 8 Rumors

So what can we expect from this “HTC Nexus 9″ tablet that was reportedly confirmed by NVIDIA this week? We’re not sure yet, but below are the details we’ve heard time and time again.

Nexus 9 Specs (Rumored)

  • 8.9-inch 2048 x 1440 Full HD display (4:3 aspect ratio)
  • NVIDIA Tegra K1 Quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM (64-bit)
  • 16/32GB storage configurations
  • Android 4.5 or 5.0 (L Release)
  • 8 Megapixel OIS rear and 3 MP front camera
  • Zero-gap aluminum unibody design
  • HTC signature front facing speakers

Google has used new products to launch the next version of Android at the same time, which is likely the case here. Shown off and announced back in June was the next version of Android, called the L release for now, and Google simply stated it would be coming later this fall.

Summer is winding down and the fourth quarter of the year about to start (October 1st) we can expect additional news regarding the HTC Nexus 9, and the next version of Android to start appearing frequently. If Google and HTC do release a Nexus 9 tablet, it will be running the new Android L release.

With the current Nexus 7 unavailable and sold out for months on end (except a few models on the Play Store) is a new Nexus 9 finally coming soon? If the news we’ve received this week is anything to go by, we’ll be seeing more of Google’s new Nexus tablet sooner rather than later.

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Nexus 7 Deals Continue as Nexus 8 Rumors Swirl is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.


AT&T Confirms Killer iPhone 6, iOS 8 Feature Coming in 2015

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 20:50

AT&T Confirms Killer iPhone 6, iOS 8 Feature Coming in 2015 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Wi-Fi calling that Apple revealed earlier this year at its World Wide Developer Conference and T-Mobile plans to use to enable better reception in areas where it’s coverage is weak, isn’t coming to AT&T iPhone 6 devices until 2015 at the earliest.

Ralph de la Vega, revealed that the Wi-Fi calling features of the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 won’t be available to AT&T users anytime soon while speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference this week, according to LightReading. In addition to confirming that it wasn’t in a hurry to get it’s Wi-Fi calling system rolled out and upgraded, de la Vega went so far as to declare that AT&T sees Wi-Fi calling as something that will complement its existing services, not a replacement.

“We’re very focused on making sure it’s a great experience for customers, but we see it as a complement, not a replacement,” he said. De la Vega went on to boast about AT&T’s existing cellular network and unlimited talk and text plans.

De la Vega’s comments come on the heels of T-Mobile, the United States’ fourth-largest wireless carrier, revealing a new facet of the UnCarrier campaign that’s been so effective in the last few years. T-Mobile’s UnCarrier 7.0 plan involves putting smartphones equipped with Wi-Fi calling in the hands of all of its users. That’s where the iPhone 6 comes in, the technology that T-Mobile has introduced is so seamless that Apple saw fit to work with the company to bring it to users.

When users take a phone call on the T-Mobile iPhone 6 while connected to Wi-Fi they’ll be able to switch to the carrier’s cellular network without disconnecting first. Handoffs will also work in reverse too so T-Mobile iPhone 6 buyers can start a call on the company’s cellular network and then have their device switch to Wi-Fi calling while still on the same call. Text messaging will also work over Wi-Fi on the T-Mobile iPhone 6.

T-Mobile is so confident in the way its network is engineered that it’s pledging to stop selling phones that don’t include Wi-Fi calling. It’s also decided to let anyone sign up for its T-Mobile Jump program and upgrade to a new device if their current T-Mobile smartphone doesn’t include Wi-Fi calling. Ultimately, T-Mobile users who have broadband, but don’t have a wireless router can get one from T-Mobile at absolutely no cost.

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Ultimately, T-Mobile says that every phone users purchase from it will have Wi-Fi calling built-in. As such, there won’t be a need for unnecessary apps and configuration utilities.

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In signaling that it’s not in hurry to jump on Wi-Fi calling and making references to AT&T’s great nationwide coverage, de la Vega is hinting at the real reason most think T-Mobile is so obsessed with offering a decent Wi-Fi calling experience. Whereas AT&T sees it as a simple value add for users, T-Mobile is banking on Wi-Fi calling shoring up its coverage map in dead spots, remote areas, warehouses and other places where the T-Mobile network is less than adequate. It’d be almost impossible for T-Mobile to build a network that is as large as AT&T. Integrated Wi-Fi calling is a short-cut; a way for T-Mobile to finally put an end to users explaining why they haven’t switched to T-Mobile with something as simple as, “I don’t get reception at home.”

Whether de la Vega is right about Wi-Fi calling only becoming something that compliments its existing services remains unclear. It is clear that until its rivals can offer anything like it T-Mobile will continue to hammer its message of a better, faster network home.

Verizon has yet to roll out Wi-Fi calling. With AT&T not releasing the coveted iPhone 6 feature until next year, that leaves Sprint. Sprint does offer Wi-Fi calling on some of its smartphones. Unfortunately, it won’t be available on the iPhone 6. Even worse, Sprint’s Wi-Fi calling doesn’t support handoffs. That means when a call is started on Wi-Fi it must be finished there and vice-versa.

Read: iPhone 6 Release Date: what Buyers Can Expect Now

The iPhone 6 launches on all four major carriers on September 19th.

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AT&T Confirms Killer iPhone 6, iOS 8 Feature Coming in 2015 is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.


iPhone 6 App Updates Appear Early

GottaBeMobile - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 16:46

iPhone 6 App Updates Appear Early is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

iPhone 6 app updates are already appearing on the iPhone app store as popular apps are now listed as compatible with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple announced the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus on September 9th and the iPhone 6 release date arrives next week with both models bringing more options than ever to iPhone users.

Developers don’t need to update apps to fit the bigger screen the same way they did for the iPhone 5 several years ago, but we’re starting to see popular iPhone games and apps receive updates that add iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus compatibility.

The first iPhone 6 apps appear ahead of the release, but don’t expect the optimized apps just yet.

The iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch screen with a 1,334 x 750 resolution and the iPhone 6 Plus includes a 5.5-inch display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. These are significant upgrades from the iPhone 5s’ 4-inch display with an 1,136 x 640 resolution.

This morning we discovered the following iPhone 6 app updates in iTunes. There is a small list of compatible devices listed to the left of the app descriptions for these three iPhone apps.

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We could not find any iPhone 6 apps with the tagline, “This app is optimized for iPhone 6.”, which is how Apple identifies apps designed to run on the iPhone 5′s 4-inch display.

We are seeing iPhone 6 app compatibility listed in the app store.

The iPhone 6 and iOS 8 are optimized to deliver better gaming with a tool called Metal. Don’t expect the best looking apps for the new iPhones on the iPhone 6 release date next week. During the Apple event Super Evil MegaCorp previewed Vainglory — a beautiful looking new app that uses the Apple A8 processor in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus’ power and bigger screens to deliver a stellar gaming experience.

Apple confirmed that any app that uses the full iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s display will scale up to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays without using black bars. We could see developers optimize the interface and graphics for higher resolutions in the next week.

There are no release notes to indicate what the iPhone 6 app compatibility means for users. It is possible that we’ll see more information as the iPhone 6 release date arrives next week.

The iPhone 6 runs iOS 8, a free update for other iPhone and iPad owners. We already see many iOS 8 app updates hitting the App Store, and expect a deluge in the middle of next week when the iOS 8 release date arrives for all users.

It is possible that many of the iOS 8 and iPhone 6 app updates will arrive at the same time to take advantage of more access to Touch ID in third-party apps, new sharing options and a host of other iOS 8 features.

The iPhone 6 includes some exclusive iOS 8 features like Apple Pay, which will allow users to make payments by tapping the iPhone on a credit card reader. This is a mobile payment system similar to Google Wallet, but Apple hopes to push adoption in more retailers.

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iPhone 6 App Updates Appear Early is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

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